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And before anyone says something like "guitars are outdated", just.. dont.
from Acid Mothers Temple and Mainliner He's like UBER HENDRIX. It's like he's playing the noisy bit in Star Spangled Banner...all the time!
"Raaargh! I'm going to split open the heads of everyone on the planet with my guitar!!1!" is probably what he says while "wailing".
Come to be thinking of it, my favourite guitaring happens when two people play at once - for example the Fugazi guys and the Magic Band guys.
Also Buzz Osbourne has killer riffs.
Dean Ween is seriously underrated.
Dylan Carlson from Earth almost made me cry with his guitar playing. That's just how lame I am.
The Melt-Banana guy!
Nels Cline from Wilco (and a load of mad jazzy shite)
Certainly not Tom Morello!
yeah hes WELL good.
kinda reinventing the guitar.
my faves are:
ah, theres so many actually...
And i'm feeling contrary and listening to his Symphony no. 3 so i'm going to say GLENN BRANCA!!
Check it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wqb1UPmOMgA
ridiculously talented jazz guitarist, able to play everything from blues to eastern melodies, just the absolute daddy. check out In A Silent Way by Miles Davis or either of the first 2 Mahavishnu Orchestra albums for solid gold proof.
my other favourite would be Frank Zappa, hugely underrated but so naturally talented. occasionally prone to exploratory wankfests, he might well be my fave guitarist for improvised solos. they just sound SO cool
other favourite choices of mine are ben weinman (the dillinger escape plan - for possibly giving himself a permanent arm injury through his techness). he's said he's very influenced by mahavishnu orchestra, etc.
the singer/guitarist of maps and atlases is ridiculously creative. dave knudson (botch/minus the bear) is another example of a recent really inventive guitarist. john reis from drive like jehu/hot snakes as well.
Can't believe nobody's mentioned him yet.
from loads of different guitarists, no clear frontrunner
You should all check out Leo Kottke for some great slide acoustic
i immediately thought Leo Kottke when i saw this thread. 'Vaseline Machine Gun' is probably my favourite piece of instrumental folk music. shit, i just searched my computer and found I've left all my leo kottke back in Britain. Lame.
John Reis is awesome.
well, maybe not best ever, but certainly an excellent early rock guitarist.
That is all.
oh no wait a minute...
(sorry, I'll have a think and contribute something 'serious' later)
as for acousticy type things, Nick Drake is pretty special.
I hate to say it cos he's played on some shit songs but Slash is pretty awesome too.
And of course Prince, listen to the intro of "When Doves Cry", I've seen the tab and I'm pretty sure its not actually physically possible to play!
and Greenwood, but nuff love on DiS for this man already methinks.
Frusciante is also pretty amazing on the earlier Chillis stuff, not so these days.
His first solo album has to be heard to be believed.
"Your pussys glued to a building on fireeee!"
or Dick Dale obviously
I just dunno about Bellamy, granted he's a good all round muso and a fucking talented performer but I find his playing a bit unoriginal sometimes.
Although I find it very hard to care about 'best musician' threads. I mean it all depends on the context of the band. Sometimes you just need a guitarist who will churn out those 2-3 note riffs with mechanical presicion. Doesn't make them any less of a guitarist then someone like Hendrix.
I've been listening to a lot of Prog- rock and thrash metal recently.
is probably my favourite.
some hendrix love though, after those anti jimi threads.
Shame about his singing though.
But Thomas Erak from The Fall of Troy is surely one of the best modern guitarists.
I also like:
Dave Knudson (Botch, Minus The Bear)
Kurt Ballou (Converge)
Ryan Frederikson (These Arms Are Snakes)
And I thouroughly agree with Effloresce_Sean on Ben Weinman and Hendrix.
Hands down...no two ways about it. Even if he really based himself completely on Jimmy Page, from the guitar to top hat. He was fuckin ace...
I lay in trance over Graham Coxon´s guitar playing in Blur´s "Sing" from Trainspotting..his guitar playing is just plain sexy...
my fucking spelling..
and Arto Lindsay
or Mr Marr.
Hate these threads but he needs mentioning
Django Reinhardt too
of The Black Keys can really play as well
from Built To Spill.
or Ira Kaplan
Incredible. I just don't know how he strums those chords.
never gets mentioned enough in these discussions.
and i agree on hendrix. he was good; shame about his singing really...
The way he plays with melodies is fantastic, and yet he never loses sight of the songs- in fact, he completely mkes the songs. One of the best pop guitarists. The early REM records are just so full of his wonderfully subtle playing.
His playing is fantastical.
Great technique, absolutely dreadful tone. I can't listen to it for longer than five minutes.
My favourite geetarists at the mo, include:
Prince. Prince has tone for days.
johnny marr and john squire
from Faraquet / Medications.
So good it's ridiculous.
And also, for the slower but interesting stuff Dave Pajo who seems to have not been mentioned yet...
"Arundel" is very beautiful indeed....
voted for Arto Lindsay, I'd second that. Glenn Branca perhaps as well.
No such thing as 'best guitarist ever'
Bo Diddley is great though
spencer from hella and dave from botch/minus the bear
i just loooooove tapping.
those are my favourites.
not the best guitarists ever.
john frusciante really is fucking incredible..
was the best, just under hendrix who really stretched the guitar to its limits.